The Gilded Age & Great Gatsby

Jan 12, 2016
Consuelo Vanderbilt, Lady Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough

Pasadena Museum of History’s Textile Arts Council is proud to partner with the curatorial staff of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles to present a three-part lecture series featuring fashions throughout the decades.

All programs begin at 6:30 p.m., though doors open at 6 p.m. for complimentary viewing of the exhibition Fabulous Fashion – Decades of Change: 1890s, 1920’s, & 1950s and a wine and cheese reception.

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 p.m. — Join Kevin Jones, Curator at the FIDM Museum, for a fascinating lecture on the opulent fashion of “The Gilded Age,” a term popularized by prolific writer and social-commentator Mark Twain.

The Industrial Revolution’s greatest asset—money—helped to gild American and re-gild European societies. And, for the most part, this highly reflective gloss was applied with layers of elaborate dresses and overlapping jewels worn by the ‘Dollar Princess’ daughters of these ‘Robber Barons,’ five of whom are discussed in this lecture: Jennie Jerome, Consuelo Yznaga, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Helena Zimmerman, and May Goelet.

Note: This lecture is almost sold out; purchase your tickets asap!


Jeannette (Jenni) Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill, originally of Brooklyn, New York, and mother of Sir Winston Churchill

Jeannette (Jenni) Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill, originally of Brooklyn, New York, and mother of Sir Winston Churchill


Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 p.m. — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, reflects a time of dramatic feminine transformation.

Christina Johnson, Associate Curator at the FIDM Museum, will provide an overview of jazz age fashion, Hollywood film icons, and 1920s high society. Johnson will describe how the fictional characters in Fitzgerald’s best-selling novel represent the decade’s new, fashionable ideals.


PMH “Fabulous Fashions” Lecture Series
Tickets: $20, general; $15, Museum members; $10, Textile Arts Council Members
Purchase tickets online here
Pasadena Museum of History, Giddings Room
470 W. Walnut St. (corner Orange Grove Blvd. and Walnut St.) 91103
Free parking is available in the Museum lot and on Walnut St.
For more info, visit
Or call 1.626.577.1660

Next week: Information on the final lecture spotlighting one of Hollywood’s most prolific designers.


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Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) as “Susanna Drake Shawnessy” Raintree County (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957). Designer: Walter Plunkett (1902-1982). Watercolor on illustration board.





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